UPDATE: Potomac Woman, Five Cats Rescued From House Fire

Update (2:06 p.m.): Fire and explosive investigators from the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service believe the fire was intentionally set. Damages are estimated to be approximately $100,000.

Officials are asking that anyone with information call the Arson Tip Line at 240-777-2263.

Original Post: A Montgomery County woman and five cats were displaced after Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services (MCFRS) saved them from a burning home on Korman Drive in Potomac late Monday evening.

MCFRS Chief Spokesperson Pete Piringer says firefighters and police responded to the scene around 10:45 p.m., and were alerted of an occupant stuck in a second floor bedroom. Firefighters used a ladder to rescue the woman and her cats.

The woman was later transported to the hospital for possible smoke inhalation. The cats were taken and treated by animal services, Piringer says.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, there was a significant car fire and smoke coming from the house. “[Firefighters] did request and were granted additional units to assist them,” Piringer says, noting that at one point there were about 50 firefighters on the scene.

The Accelerant Detection K9 team was dispatched to the location to help determine the cause of the incident.

Officials believe the incident began outside the home in a parked car. However, the official cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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